Why is Russia risking a second Cold War?

“This is perhaps the most dangerous point in Europe’s history since the end of the cold war. Direct confrontation between Russian and Ukrainian forces will draw in the United States, one way or another. While there is still time, it’s extremely important to understand what each party involved is aiming for.”

Dmitri Trenin is not the usual commentator in the Western media. He is Director of the Carnegie Moscow Center and served in the Soviet and Russian armed forces from 1972 to 1993.

In this article, he explains some of the thinking behind Putin’s dangerous excursion in Crimea.


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